A manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-1 was launched to the International Space Station from the Baykonur space center at 6:11 a.m. Moscow time today.
The spacecraft will be placed in a near-earth orbit by means of a Soyuz-FG rocket. It is to dock with the space station on November 1.
The Russian-Belgian crew consists of Russian cosmonaut Sergey Zalyetin, who is the spacecraft commander, a Russian flight engineer and a Belgian flight engineer, representing the European Space Agency. The aim of the 10-day flight is a short-term visit to the space station to replace the 'rescue spacecraft' Soyuz TM-34, whose capacity has been exhausted.
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations
On the second day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a plenary meeting was held, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF head Christine Lagarde took part